What Drill and Rote Learning Have to Do With Confidence

by Adam Boddison

The British Chancellor George Osborne recently refused to answer a simple times table question posed to him by seven-year-old school boy Samuel Reddings. Osborne was asked the question 7×8, but declined, stating that he had “made it a rule in life not to answer.” As Osborne studied mathematics up ... Read & React

Don't Go Down That Rabbit Hole, Define Your Outcomes First

by Lyn McGee

“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?” “That depends a good deal on where you want to go,” said the Cat. “I don’t much care where,” said Alice. “Then it doesn’t matter which way you go," said the Cat. —Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland As the Cheshire Cat tells us, if you ... Read & React

The Complete Guide to Working Out Before Work

by Hannah Newman

Life inevitably gets in the way of your gym date. That’s why people who exercise in the morning are more likely to stick with it, Barbara Brehm, a professor of exercise and sport studies at Smith College in Massachusetts and author of the recently released textbook, Psychology of Health and ... Read & React

How to Avoid Having to Fire Your Best Employees

In his recent New York Times musings about the struggles of small business ownership, suburban Philadelphia furniture manufacturer Paul Downs described his firing of an employee who had been with him for 20 years.That provoked a great deal of criticism from readers and fellow business owners, to ... Read & React

Before You Fly Off the Handle at Work, Consider This

by Michael Lee Stallard

Is your boss or a co-worker increasingly irritable, angry, withdrawn or acting in a predatory manner? Or are you noticing that behavior in yourself? With rising demands in today’s workplace, emotional and behavioral disorders have soared. In Untangling the Mind: Why We Behave the Way We Do, Dr. Ted ... Read & React

Study: Coping Poorly With Stress Means Worse Sleep

by Julie Beck

According to the National Sleep Foundation, half of people who suffer from insomnia blame it on stress and worry. And small wonder. It’s easy to get snarled up in your problems, lying prone in the dark with no distractions. And not sleeping can quickly become its own stressor, further compounding ... Read & React

At USPS, Making Every Mile Count . . . More

Earn more or spend less. Those are the two basic ways to achieve financial fitness, whether you’re talking about the household budget or a multibillion-dollar corporate balance sheet. And that’s what it comes down to for the U.S. Postal Service as it seeks to bring revenue in line with expenses (it ... Read & React

Why Bill Gates and Warren Buffett Are So Successful, in One Word

by Greg McKeown

When Bill Gates first met Warren Buffett, their host at dinner, Gates’ mother, asked everyone around the table to identify what they believed was the single most important factor in their success through life. Gates and Buffett gave the same one-word answer: “Focus.” (See more in The Snowball by ... Read & React

Body Language Mistakes You Should Avoid

by Bernard Marr

Until we get to know someone, our brain relies on snap judgements to try to categorize the person, predict what they will do, and anticipate how we should react. You may have heard that you only have a few seconds to make a first impression, but the truth is, your brain has made up its mind (so to ... Read & React

Put the Phone Down, and No One Gets Hurt

by Scott Eblin Executive Coach

If you’re reading this while you’re on vacation or getting ready to go on vacation, this post is for you. Please, please, please, give yourself and your family a break. As I wrote a couple of years ago, the Europeans have it right. They don’t go on vacation, they go on holiday. Here in the States, ... Read & React